With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.
Ingredients For the Mango Salad:
1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.
3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes
½ cup sliced onions
¼ cup cilantro
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance
For the peanut dressing
¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind
¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)
Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.
Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.
Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!
You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist. Happy cooking!
There’s nothing like a scoop of delicious ice cream on a hot, summer day. Even better if it’s homemade. However, most of us don’t attempt making ice cream at home as the process requires an ice cream maker. But, what if you could make homemade ice cream this weekend without the use of an ice cream maker? Here’s a simple recipe to make smooth, creamy ice cream in just four steps.
What you need:
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons of melted butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whip heavy cream in a bowl until it starts forming stiff peaks.
- Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, butter, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl until it’s mixed thoroughly
- Fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
- Transfer the ice cream mixture into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours or until the mixture becomes firm.
That’s it. Delicious, homemade cinnamon-vanilla ice cream is ready for consumption!
One of the best things about summer is the abundance of watermelon. Apart from being a delicious low-calorie diet, the fruit also packs antioxidants and electrolytes that play a vital role in keeping your body cool in this hot, humid weather.
Here are five ways you can use this water-rich fruit to the fullest this summer:
Frozen watermelon ice cubes
If you enjoy the fruit-infused water, then this one is a sure shot winner! Cut watermelon into small chunks and pop them in the freezer. You can use the frozen chunks in place of ice cubes to keep your drink cold and release that subtle, sweet delicious flavour we all love!
Dip it in dark chocolate and season with sea salt
Cut watermelons into big chunks and pat dry them well. Dip the dried watermelon chunks in dark chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on them before putting them in the fridge to set. This one is a definite must-try.
A simple watermelon and mint agua fresca are just what you need to cool down this summer. Juice a mix of watermelon chunks, mint and maple syrup to enjoy the most easy-to-make, refreshing drink. You can also this mix to prepare cocktails on a Saturday night.
Make a salad
Very few things are as refreshing as a salad in this sweltering summer heat. Cut the watermelon into small cubes and toss it with some cucumber and feta cheese for the perfect balance of sweet and salty. You can experiment with other combinations of vegetables and fruits as well.
It can’t get much simpler than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a blender and transferring into a bowl, ready for consumption. A watermelon gazpacho requires minimal prepping and makes a lip-smacking appetizer. You can find the recipe here.
What are your favourite ways to consume watermelons this summer? Let us know in the comments below.